Thank You Japan!

Thank You Japan!

It’s been a really long time since I’ve been this busy.  Last week, I took my last finals at Juntendo University.  Not only did this mean that I finished my studies in Japan, but it also meant that I finally finished my studies at Stanford!  All that I have to do now is transfer the units I took in Japan back to the US, get everything processed, and I’ll finally be able to get my degrees.  It was a long road (5 long years) but I’m relieved to finally be done!  No more studying…at least for a while!

While I was incredibly excited, there was definitely a lot of sadness in all of this.  Being done with school in Japan also meant that my time at Juntendo was finished.  It’s hard to believe how quickly the 3 months went, and it almost feels like yesterday that I arrived here from the US.  3 months is far too short because as soon as I started to feel comfortable living here, it’s now time to leave.  Looking back though, I feel like I was such a lucky guy to have met so many great people in and outside of the gym.  In particular, I’ve also gotten so close to my teammates here that I can now call them my “family.”  I know I’ll miss them all when I go back to the US.  I’ll never forget the times I spent training with them and hanging out outside of the gym.  Thanks for making my time at Juntendo so special!

My family at Juntendo!

Coming here was definitely one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.  And thinking now, the timing of coming here was almost too perfect because I not only got to train with them but I had the chance watch and learn when my exercise-level was limited.  Plus, I just hit the 6-month mark the other day after repairing my knee, so it means that I can pretty much start real training.  Perfect timing considering I’m going back to the US and back to my coach.

Thank you to everyone who supported me during my time here!  It was short but I got to experience so much.  Now it’s time to get back to business.  It’s back to the US, and being that I’m finally done with school, I’m giving all that I’ve got to my training.  It’s GO time!

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6 Comments on “ Thank You Japan! ”

  1. kimi January 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

    You were one of the lucky to have the experiences you have had these past few months. You will always keep that with you and as you move forward in your life, you will gain more. Sky’s the limit…don’t let it slip by you!! You have new family that will be there for you always. Go back home to your US family and begin your “new” life and good luck with your training. Thanks for sharing your Japan experience with us…now we will look forward to what the future holds for you!

  2. tomoko January 18, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Now you are leaving Japan…
    I’ll miss you.

    Anyway, I’ll be checking your website.
    Internet is awesome!

    Have a safe trip, Sho-kun.

  3. shonakamori January 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm


    thanks so much. yes, i’m very lucky and i’m so appreciative that i had the chance to go.

    now that i’m back in the states, it’s back to business.

    i hope life out where you are is going well. hope to see you soon!

  4. shonakamori January 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    thanks tomoko for always checking in!

    i hope to visit japan again very soon.

    hopefully i’ll get to see you then!

  5. Mariko February 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

    I am quite sorry that I haven’t written in for a long while.
    I have been busy of lots of change in my job career.

    I really sad that you have already left Japan but also happy to know your condition is getting better and better.

    I keep on looking in this blog. Please let me leave message here again.
    And hope to see you at a competition someday soon.

    Good luck, Sho-kun.

  6. shonakamori February 7, 2010 at 7:34 am


    thank you so much for the comment. my time in japan was absolutely awesome. it was a great experience. i’m also hoping that i can go back for a competition! take care!

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